Updated Sunday -- Cove Road re-opens. Cove Road was re-opened about 4:30 p.m. despite earlier statements that concerns over future slides might delay re-opening into next week.
See next week's Progress for comments from elected officials on long-range plans.
In an inspection of the Cove Road rockslide site Sunday morning, Jasper Mayor John Weaver said motorists should prepare for Cove Road to remain closed all day. He said most likely it would still be closed Monday and could remain closed indefinitely due to other hanging rocks above a road that serves as a main traffic artery for east Pickens County. "We're going to have to do an evaluation of the potential for other slides," the mayor said. "There are a lot of other big rocks up there."
Commissioner Rob Jones in later comments from the scene, was more optimistic that the road could be opened sooner. The commissioner said they will definitely have the rocks removed from the roadway by dark on Sunday and he thought it might could be opened by Monday.
Offering guidance in the early morning assessment was Pickens County Marshal Jim Harvey, who comes with more than 20 years experience with blasting and quarrying all across the southern United States. Harvey pointed out several other cracks and seams in the stone walls of the steep north bank of the S turns-section of road that pose potential threats.
Several large sections of rock could be seen overhanging the road near the site of the large rockslide Saturday.
A landslide about 10 p.m. has closed Cove Road at the steep S-turns near Longswamp Creek.
Commissioner Rob Jones said the no one was injured nor any vehicles damaged, but the road is mostly covered with earth and rocks from the steep banks.
The road will be closed Sunday morning as road crews begin work clearing it. The county was moving in equipment Saturday night. City of Jasper crews are assisting with the clean-up.
Power service may also be affected.